October 31, 2014

things that made me swoon in October...

things that made me swoon in October | yourwishcake.com 1. GoGo Squeez Fast Fruit — When I first saw these, I openly judged the idea of marketing and packaging these products for the adult set, because I've been so used to buying fruit and veggie pouches for my daughter. It just seemed silly for an adult to eat something so similar. But I'll be the first to admit I've stolen a bite or two (or thirty) of my daughter's applesauce pouches over the years. They're actually a quite satisfying, portable little snack—especially when you're sure to get something that is 100% fruit. I was able to get a few boxes of these for just over $1 each at Vons this month, after sales and coupons (regularly priced just over $4/each, which is way too high, in my opinion!). The apple-raspberry-cranberry flavor is absolutely delicious, and although I'm not planning on getting all my fruits and vegetables in pouch form, this is an easy thing to tuck in my purse for on-the-go. As long as I can get them for a decent price, I'll totally buy them again!

2. Bones — This is the show I've currently been binge-watching on Netflix. My good friend Lan introduced me to the show years ago, and since then I've been catching up on all the seasons up until the most recent one. I love having a show that never lets me down! The characters on this show are so beautifully written and acted, and I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good crime/comedy/love story. (Yes, it's all three of those things wrapped up into one awesome package.) On a side note, years ago I saw David Boreanez at a random Hollywood event and we had some epic eye contact. I like to think we had a moment. (Don't worry, Jay was there, too. He's fully aware of the eye contact and has grown to accept it as a part of our marriage.)

3. How Great You Are by Antioch Live — When I find a song that absolutely makes my soul soar, I've been known to listen to it on repeat for a solid 30 minutes. And that has happened over and over again with this incredibly beautiful song. It makes me all goosebumpy every single time.

4. Read-Aloud Revival podcast — Reading aloud to Eisley is something I've been passionate about since she was just a baby, mostly because some of my favorite memories are of being curled up on the couch with my sisters while my mom read to us before bed. This podcast is definitely one that I'm benefiting from now and will continue to benefit from as Eisley gets older! It makes me all excited about all the books from my own childhood that I will get to introduce her to as the years go on…the Little House series, Harriet the Spy, anything by Beverly Cleary, Matilda, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Charlotte's Web. I love that this podcast encourages parents to read aloud for just 5 minutes a day. Totally doable, right? It's amazing how it adds up!

5.  Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle — This is one of the sweetest memoirs I've read in a long time (and I have read many). I've heard the author on different podcasts a few times, but never thought to pick up her books, for some odd reason. I spied this on the shelf at the library this month and was thrilled to finally read it! The author is one of those writers with the perfect balance of humor and sincerity, and I found myself laughing out loud and seeing much of myself in her heartfelt stories. I loved the entire book—cover to cover. (I can't wait to pick up her other book, too!)

What had you swooning this past month? I'd love for you to share!

Further reading: What made me swoon last month and last year.

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October 29, 2014

a small list of good things...

I've come across quite a few good things around the ol' internet (and elsewhere) that I've wanted to share lately, so I thought it would be the perfect time to start doing a few of these posts here and there! Good deals I've come across, posts of note, quotes I love, and other such things.

Here we go!

+ Thanks to Hillary's recent list of favorite things, I have a new song to absolutely obsess over. I was actually having a kitchen dance party yesterday morning that apparently ended up entertaining the gardeners next door. (Note to self: Close doors and blinds before busting a move in the kitchen. Lesson learned.)

+ Citrus Lane is having their semi-annual sale right now, so for those of you who have been interested in snagging a subscription, now is the time to do it! The boxes are as low as $18/month during this sale. (I found that most boxes I received had a retail value between $30-$40—sometimes higher. So, $18 isn't too bad when you can use the items to stock up for Christmas or birthday gifts!) We received many of these boxes throughout Eisley's first couple years and were always happy with the goodness tucked inside. You can read a few of my box reviews here, here and here.

+ While wasting time on Pinterest, I came across this post on 17 healthy snacks to pack in mason jars. (It kind of makes me want to hoard even more jars. My husband will love this!)

+ I'm sure this article over on Babble has made the rounds already, but I just loved it so much. The author writes about the moment she realized her worth as a stay-at-home-mom, and how much her role benefits not only her children, but also her husband. It was a unique perspective, because you rarely hear anyone mention how having a stay-at-home-spouse can be a luxury the one working outside the home. Pretty awesome to read—especially for those of us who have struggled with feeling like what we do at home is as important as what our spouse does outside of it.

+ The most recent issue of Real Simple has a Q&A with filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who shared how she made the leap into filmmaking. Of her first film, she says: It was imperfect and crazy and nerve-wracking and not good, but I did it and then just kept going. Her words really hit me hard, and made me think about how often failures or imperfections make me want to quit something (even when it's something I love). Her first effort wasn't perfect or brilliant or everything she hoped it would be. But she kept going, and now she's doing amazing things.

+ Crystal's post on Money Saving Mom about perfectionism and disappointing readers was such a breath of fresh air. I'm a total people-pleaser and struggle with a lot of the same things she has, and can't imagine having a platform of her size (and all the expectations and criticisms that inevitably come with it!).

Be sure to pass along any good things you've come across lately! I'd love for you to share.

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October 28, 2014

awkward moments in motherhood...

This past weekend, Jay, Eisley and I were waiting in line at Costco for a fruit smoothie that would hopefully sustain Eisley for the duration of the shopping trip. (Braving Costco on a Saturday is no small feat, let me tell you this. A smoothie for $1.50 was a small price to pay to have a calm child.)

Anyway, as we were standing there in line, Eisley noticed a little girl who was sitting in a cart over to our left. She burst into a smile and pointed at her, excitedly announcing, "Mommy! She looks like Mulan!" Jay and I glance over and see a small, serious little girl of Asian descent, patiently waiting for what may have been her very own fruit smoothie of bribery.

I had that sinking feeling of, "Oh, Lord. How many people heard her say that? How do I answer her? How do I handle this? Let's get our smoothie and get out of here, STAT!"

I kind of mumbled something to the effect of, "Yeahhhh, I suppose so…"

As this whole thing was conspiring, the girl's mother (who was in front of us in line, OF COURSE) turned around in line and sort of chuckled good-naturedly. I looked at her with an apologetic face and a shrug like, "Ah, kids! What are you going to do?" But I feel like I just made the situation more awkward because I kept wanting to say sorry, but then I wondered if that would be too much, because clearly my daughter's comment was coming from a place of childhood innocence (and princess obsession).

Now, here's the thing. With Eisley, everything seems to relate to princesses right now. She sees a girl with red hair: "Mommy! She looks like Merida!" She sees a child wearing a pink dress: "Look! She has a dress just like Aurora!" She sees literally any person with a braid in their hair (including a weathered 50 year old Target employee on a smoke break): "She has a beautiful BRAID! Just like ELSA!" So, you see, if I tried to explain to Eisley how you can just point at people and call them Mulan, she'd give me this look of utter confusion. In her mind, who the heck wouldn't want to be told they look like a princess? I just don't think it would make sense to her.

Also, we live in an incredibly diverse part of the country and people of ethnicities different than our own don't stand out at all. I haven't really had a conversation about how not everyone looks like our family, because that fact is all she's known all along. Perhaps that's why her comment caught me so off guard.

As Eisley grows up, we will surely have some bigger talks about what you should and shouldn't point out about people, but for now, this was one of those things that I think we just had to get through as gracefully (or ungracefully) as possible.

In any case, I kept giving my husband the side-eye all like, "What do we saaaaaaaaay?" I was was glad we finally were able to get our smoothie and bust a move out of there.

The last time I remember feeling that awkward was when Eisley was maybe 6 months old, and we were in an elevator with a well-dressed twenty-something woman. We were headed up to Eisley's pediatrician's office, which is in a building with several other businesses. The woman turned to me and said, "Is there a gym on the third floor?" I was a little confused and said, "Um, no…it's a doctors office. Why?" She said, "Oh, okay! I always wondered because everyone going to the third floor is always wearing gym clothes." As she stepped out onto her floor, I glanced down at my yoga pants and running jacket, very aware of the fact my hair was in a rather untidy messy bun.

And, no, I had most definitely not worked out that day.

Needless to say, I have never worn yoga pants to the pediatricians office since that day. (Which I hate to admit is a total bummer.)

I have no doubt that many more awkward moments await me as Eisley gets older, but now it's your turn to spill the beans on your own awkward moments. If you're a parent, what is something your child has done that made you want to melt into the floor? Or was there a story your parents told you about something from your own childhood that was awkward for them? Lets all make each other feel a tad bit better, shall we?